Dark fruit profile. Blackberry, plum, liquor, and spice. Fine tannins and strong backbone. Out of sync at this point with overly acidic midpalate. Comes across hot. Evens out with time but never great.
Dark in color, youthful, intense and rich, this concentrated wine is tannic, yet the tannins are refined. The earthy, mineral driven, fresh, ripe, black and dark red fruits, licorice and smoky notes, coupled with the concentrated, deep of fruit are starting to show with decanting. However, another 5 years will add more softness and complexity to the wine.
Still young. Needs a lot of air to open up. Very elegant, creamy and smooth on the palate. Velvety texture, layer upon layer of sweet black fruits, minerals and licorice. Nicely integrated oak and very long finish. Fantastic!
Going through a dumb phase or just bottle variation? Tonight the 2001 l'Ermite was muted with an almost non-exisiting nose and a little bit intrusive acidity after a couple of hours in the glass. I have experienced the acidity in the previous bottle I opened, but it could be this wine is just tunneling at present. Not sure though - could be ordinary bottle variation.
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(M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite) Narrow, beefy nose; tart red fruit, rich plum, sage, mineral, tart plum, berry, elegant, creosote, black fruit, tart red fruit palate, with years to go; medium-plus finish